Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Where is our new Frontier?
We will need some kind of new frontier in order for significant growth to take hold.
In the early stages of our nation, that growth came from westward continental expansion.
In the 1920's, growth came from unprecedented expanding consumer markets.
In 1950's-60's postwar America, growth came from rebuilding our nation and the world after the Depression and WWII destruction.
In the 1980's-90's, growth came from the computerization, digitization and online expansion of American life.
If we are in for a new expansion, what industry or circumstance will be the basis for it?
If the next expansion is going to truly benefit the little people-- the losers in that theoretical "income inequality" gap--then our expansion must begin with them.
It's time for the bootslingers that tread upon American streets, sidewalks and soils to pull themselves up by our bootstraps, because such a thing as prosperity cannot happen as a result of .gov programs.
The advanced, post-industrial condition of our economy indicates, I believe, that the next wave of innovation/expansion can, and must, come only from the economic micro-units of our heartland.
That is to say, from the garage tinkerers, the workshop wonders, the flea-market marvels, the home front hopefuls, the lemonade-stand lovers of our land who are unwilling to waste away in social media mediocrity and cabled corruption.
Now is the time for grassroots level renewal.
Now is the time for all men and women to come to the aid of their families, their neighborhoods, their communities, our country.
Donald Trump, bless his heart, may be an amazing guy, off the charts and all that, but he cannot pull prosperity out of a half-empty glass economic base.
The glass half-Full mindset will be based, in our future, on learning how to do more with less. The milking of this planet's resources can only go so far without seriously strategic enterprising innovation. That principle will be the lesson and legacy of the Obama years.
I hope we have learned, or will learn, that lesson of resourcefulness, and I hope that President Trump will facilitate our building upon that great base of American innovation and enterprise.
Don't you Americans be looking for no handouts. That well has run dry. It's time to drill a new one, but it may have to be in your own back yard.
In this way we may perhaps make America great again.